Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman remains hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial in stable condition with cracked ribs and a lung contusion following Monday’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Tillman was carted off the field at the start of the fourth quarter and taken directly to the hospital after receiving a crushing hit in his side from teammate Craig Steltz as they converged on Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Steltz hit his teammate with his helmet.
No surgery will be required for Tillman, and he will not play in the season finale Sunday at Detroit. Tillman’s rib cage moved with the hit, causing lung damage that will require a month or two to heal, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears got good news when it came to the condition of rookie wide receiver Johnny Knox, a second alternate for the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. He also left the game on a cart but it turned out he suffered just a badly sprained left ankle. Originally, the team feared a broken ankle or significant ligament damage.
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